N. Scott Momaday
|N. Scott Momaday|
February 27, 1934 |
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
|Alma mater||University of New Mexico (B.A.)
Stanford University (Ph.D.)
|Literary movement||Native American Renaissance|
|Notable works||House Made of Dawn (1969)|
Navarre Scott Momaday (born February 27, 1934) — known as N. Scott Momaday — is a Native American author of Kiowa descent. His work House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. Momaday received the National Medal of Arts in 2007 for his work that celebrated and preserved Native American oral and art tradition. He holds 20 honorary degrees from colleges and universities, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Momaday is considered the founding author in what critic Kenneth Lincoln has termed the Native American Renaissance.
House Made of Dawn is considered a classic in Native American Literature.
N. Scott Momaday is the son of writer Natachee Scott Momaday and painter Al Momaday.
House Made of Dawn was the first novel of the Native American Renaissance, a term coined by literary critic Kenneth Lincoln in the Native American Renaissance.
The work remains a classic of Native American literature.
Momaday has taught at the Universities of Stanford, Arizona, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara, and has been a visiting professor at Columbia, Princeton, and in Moscow. At UC Berkeley, he designed the graduate program for Indian Studies.1
He was a Visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico during the 2014-15 academic year to teach in the Creative Writing and American Literary Studies Programs in the Department of English. Specializing in poetry and the Native oral tradition, he will teach The Native American Oral Tradition.
- The Journey of Tai-me (1967)
- House Made of Dawn (1968)
- The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969) (illustrated by his father, Alfred Momaday)
- Angle of Geese (1974)
- The Gourd Dancer (1976)
- The Names: A Memoir (1976)
- The Ancient Child (1989)
- In the Presence of the Sun (1992)
- The Native Americans: Indian County (1993)
- The Indolent Boys (Play) Premiered on the Syracuse Stage during the 1993-94 season.2
- Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story (1994)
- The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories, Passages (1997)
- In the Bear's House (1999)
- Four Arrows & Magpie: A Kiowa Story (2006)
- Three Plays: The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and The Moon in Two Windows (2007)
- Again the Far Morning: New and Selected Poems (2011)
- New World
In 1969, Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "House Made of Dawn" (pulitzer.org).
Momaday was featured in the Ken Burns and Stephen Ives documentary, The West (1996), for his masterful retelling of Kiowa history and legend. He was also featured in PBS documentaries concerning boarding schools, Billy the Kid, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Momaday received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois at Chicago on May 9, 2010.
Momaday is the founder of the Rainy Mountain Foundation6 and Buffalo Trust, a nonprofit organization working to preserve Native American cultures.7 Momaday, a known watercolor painter, designed and illustrated the book, In the Bear's House.
- "I sometimes think the contemporary white American is more culturally deprived than the Indian."8
- "I simply kept my goal in mind and persisted. Perseverance is a large part of writing."8
- List of writers from peoples indigenous to the Americas
- Native American Renaissance
- Native American Studies
- "U of Arizona biography". Retrieved October 8, 2014.
- Syracuse Stage 1993-94
- Van Deventer, M. J. "Bush adding to poet's honors." Daily Oklahoman. 15 Nov 2007 (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
- List of NWCA Lifetime Achievement Awards, accessed 6 Aug 2010.
- President Bush Announces 2007 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal Recipients
- "Santa Fe NM 87505 - Tax Exempt Organizations." Tax Exempt World. (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
- Staff, January 2009, "N. Scott Momaday", Smithsonian Q&A, Vol. 39, Issue 10, 25 pgs., retrieved 04-25-2009
- "N. Scott Momaday, PhD." Academy of Achievement. (retrieved 14 Dec 2009)
- Works by or about N. Scott Momaday in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- N. Scott Momaday from the Modern American Poetry site
- The Buffalo Trust - Momaday's non-profit charitable foundation
- Perspectives in American Literature - Momaday Bibliography
- Interview with Momaday
- Article about Momaday's selection as Poet Laureate of Oklahoma
- "N. Scott Momaday" by Martha Scott Trimble in the Western Writers Series Digital Editions
- Voices of Oklahoma interview with N. Scott Momaday. First person interview conducted with N. Scott Momaday on December 10, 2010. Original audio and transcript archived with Voices of Oklahoma oral history project.
- Native paths: American Indian art from the collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, an exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (fully available online as PDF), which contains an essay by N. Scott Momaday (see table of contents)
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